• Three Decades with Irving Penn auction at Christies

    Sale 2397

    Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photographs from the Collection of Patricia McCabe

    14 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 33

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Five Okapa Warriors, New Guinea, 1970

    Price Realised  


    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Five Okapa Warriors, New Guinea, 1970
    platinum-palladium print, printed 1973
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '25/35', 'P 1078', inscribed 'For Patricia McCabe', annotated 'experimental print platinum W.T. paper' in pencil and Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the verso)
    19¾ x 19½in. (50.8 x 50cm.)

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    Although a stamp exists stating that there is an additional edition of prints of this image in gelatin silver, Penn has not noted the number and therefore, presumably, none were realized.


    Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, p. 77; Irving Penn photographs in platinum metals - images 1947-1975, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 1977, cat. no. 109; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 111; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 190

    Post Lot Text

    Irving Penn describes this group as 'Okapa warriors, men who seem to have just emerged from the Stone Age. They are renowned as warriors.' (Worlds in a Small Room, p. 76)